Raiders at Bengals Gameday walkthrough

This is the 25th meeting between the Raiders and Bengals. Raiders lead 17-7 and have won the last three. Oakland was 23-20 on Sept. 14, 2003 on Sebastian Janikowski's 39-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining.

The Raiders haven't played in Cincinnati since Nov. 5, 1995, with Harvey Williams gaining 134 yards as Oakland rushed for 184 yards in a 20-17 win.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 12/10/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS, Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker

2006 RANKINGS: Raiders: offense 32nd (22nd rush, 31st pass); defense 3rd (25th rush, 1st pass). Bengals: offense 8th (26th rush, 4th pass); defense 31st (15th rush, 32nd pass)

PREDICTION: Bengals 27-20

KEYS TO THE GAME:

This matchup could actually be tighter than most anticipate if the Raiders' top-ranked pass defense is able to cause problems for the Bengals' high-powered offense.

Oakland struggles to move the ball and Cincinnati has allowed just seven points in its past two games, but the Raiders will have a chance to give the Bengals a scare if they're able to force a few turnovers and capitalize on short fields.

Of course, Cincinnati has had three extra days of rest and preparation after its victory over Baltimore on Nov. 30. Expect a bit of a more conservative game plan out of the Bengals, who don't want to give an inferior team a shot of adrenaline by making costly mistakes.

The Raiders will be playing their second game under new offensive coordinator John Shoop, who is excited about the emergence of RB ReShard Lee last weekend and will look to get him heavily involved in the game plan once again.

FAST FACTS: Raiders: WR Randy Moss is on pace for 763 receiving yards, which would be a career worst -- lower than his 767-yard total in 2004 when he missed three entire games. Oakland and Detroit are the only team's officially eliminated from the playoffs. Bengals: Are 16-0 when RB Rudi Johnson has at least 25 carries. WR Chad Johnson is tied with Isaac Curtis for the franchise record with 20 career 100-yard receiving games.

Raiders:

--QB Andrew Walter, who hasn't played in three weeks, is the NFL co-leader in lost fumbles with seven.

--QB Aaron Brooks is last among current NFL starting quarterbacks in fourth-quarter passer rating at 31.3.

--RB Zack Crockett is 4-for-5 on converting third-and-1 situations into first downs.

--P Shane Lechler, who had 26 kicks inside the 20-yard line last season with only nine touchbacks, has a 17-to-16 ratio this season.

--WR Randy Moss leads the Raiders with 27 first downs.

Bengals:

--QB Carson Palmer was announced Thursday as winner of the NFL Player of the Week. Fans on Internet voted Palmer the winner for his performance Nov. 30 against Baltimore. He was selected over Philadelphia's Jeff Garcia and Jacksonville's David Garrard.

--DT Sam Adams (knee) returned Thursday to practice after not officially practicing Wednesday.

--CB Tory James was added to the injury report Thursday as probable because of illness. He did not practice but is expected to be ready to play Sunday against the Raiders.

--DT Shaun Smith, who did not practice Wednesday because of illness, returned to practice Thursday and said he was feeling better.


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